Alaska Air Passenger Tries to Open Plane Door Mid-Flight

UPDATE: The unruly passenger has been identified as 23-year-old Alexander Michael Herrera of Arizona.

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AP reports Herrera made “unusual statements” before attempting to open the plane door, and crew and passengers used “shoelaces and seatbelt extensions” to bind him until the plane made a landing.

Original story below.
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An Alaska Air passenger today attempted to open a cabin door mid-flight, but a crisis was averted by the heroic actions of passengers and crew.

According to tweets from KOIN-TV reporter Brent Weisberg, Alaska Air Flight 132 — carrying 137 passengers from Anchorage to Portland International Airport — was 10 minutes from landing when a passenger seated in Row 17 made his wild move.

The unruly passenger was restrained by passengers and crew, preventing a depressurization crisis. He was detained by authorities at the airport.

According to, Flight 132 was scheduled to arrive in Portland at 5:20 a.m. local time.

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